We continuously underestimate the power our lifestyle holds over our skin. Think about it— drink less water and our skin gets dry, eat a lot of junk and get puffy skin (blaming the sodium), stress out and we get acne, exercise and get the glow!
While we put a lot of effort on curative skin care, there is a lack of preventive measures that we take for our skin. In order to improve that, here are some lifestyle tips to get naturally glowing skin:
1. Let your skin glow from inside out. What you put in your body is as important as what you put on your skin. Here are several universally-recognised essentials and a few of their common sources:
- Vitamin A: Butter, eggs, and cream
- Vitamin C: Broccoli, citrus fruits and spinach
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, chia seeds and walnuts
- Biotin: Yeast, dairy and avocados
- Silica: Oats, cucumber and onions
- Vitamin K12: Broccoli, fish, and eggs
- Probiotics: Yogurt, kefir and kimchi
- Vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds, and spinach
2. Exercise/Yoga helps in lifting up the face, increasing blood circulation for healthy & glowing skin and reducing the toxins in the body. Exercise also helps nourish skin cells, keeping them vital.
Note: If you are suffering from any dermatological conditions such as acne, rosacea, or psoriasis, you might want to talk to your dermat before hitting that track!
3. Water is your best friend. We can't say it enough! Water hydrates the skin and delivers nutrients to the skin cells. In addition, with the twin benefit of bringing elasticity to skin texture and replenishing skin tissue, water also helps in delaying the visibility of ageing signs like fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Don't stress it. There's a reason why stress acne is called 'stress acne'. Stress brings about a rush of hormone called cortisol. Cortisol triggers your oil glands to produce more oil, which makes your skin oily, hence more prone to acne and other skin problems. Indulge in meditation or Yoga to keep stress levels at bay.
5. Never ever sleep with your make-up on. Not removing makeup before going to bed has serious ill-effects on your skin. Makeup left overnight can clog pores, blocking it from releasing sebum; mixed with the bacteria from the air and everyday life, your skin will become more prone to breakouts and acne.
Tip: Always wash your face before getting into the bed, and for the days when you are feeling too tired, keep makeup remover wipes by your bedside table.
6. Sleep is king (queen)! While we are sleeping peacefully, our growth hormones are focusing on repairing our damaged skin cells. When we don’t sleep well or scrimp on sleep, our growth hormones aren't able to help fix our damaged skin cells as efficiently. The result? Our damaged and dead cells accumulate on our skin, in turn making our skin look dull and lacklustre.
In addition to that, sleeping less also lowers the pH level of complexion and worsens dark circles under eyes. Find out how to get quality beauty sleep here.
7. Thank you for not smoking. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layer of skin, decreasing blood flow and making the skin look pale and dull. Cigarette smoking also depletes essential nutrients which helps protect and repair skin damage.
8. Pillow-case. Change your pillow-case twice a week and opt for silk pillowcase. Silk pillowcases reduce sleep lines and creases on the face, which over time result into premature signs of ageing such as wrinkles and permanent fine lines.
And that's it— Lifestyle tips for naturally beautiful skin!